In China, AI chooses life or death for coma patients

Oct 01, 2018, 4:02 AM EDT
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It’s extremely hard for doctors to conclude with a certain degree of surety if a comatose patient would ever recover and return to a normal state of life. Seems, they have some help from an artificial intelligence algorithm that scans fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) data to peer into the future state of a coma patient.

The algorithm, developed by neurologists at the Academy of Sciences and the PLA General Hospital in China, has already been used on 300 patients and has displayed 90 percent accuracy in predicting the likelihood or unlikeliness of recovery, notes Futurism.

The researchers claim their AI system can “see” things invisible to the human eye while admitting that an algorithm will never replace doctors or have the last say in deciding the fate of the patients, reports South China Morning Post.